Countdown: Katha Pollitt on why she’s supporting Barack Obama; Judith Stadtman Tucker (Mothers Movement Online) also endorses Obama; Andrew Rosenthal on the pitch-perfect campaign rally put on by Michelle Obama, Caroline Kennedy, Oprah Winfrey and Maria Shriver; Robin Morgan says "Goodbye to All That (#2)" in support of Hillary Clinton. Martha Burk, Gloria Feldt, Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones and others on "Why Hillary Is The Right Choice For Women;" and Linda Hirschman on "16 Ways of Looking at a Female Voter."

Stimulus Plan Falls Short: "To rev up the female portion of the
economy, advocates say Congress should take a closer look at jobless
benefits and food stamps," writes Allison Stevens at Women’s eNews.
"So many are feeling the pinch of this economic slowdown, but because
of their particular vulnerabilities, women are being hit especially
hard," said Nancy Duff Campbell, co-president of the National Women’s
Law Center.

Ignoring Girls’ Welfare Carries High Price: Investing in
young women and girls in developing regions must be a top priority for
governments, multilateral agencies and the private sector, according to
a new report, "Girls Count: A Global Investment & Action Agenda,"
co-authored by the Centre for Global Development (CGD), the
International Centre for Research on Women (ICRW), American University,
and the Population Council. IPS has good coverage of the study’s recommendations.

"This report is a call to action," said former president of Ireland
Mary Robinson. "It challenges institutions in all sectors to take a
fresh look at their investments and consider where adolescent girls
have been built in. The truth is they haven’t been, and ignoring that
will come at a great price to us all."

At 83, Acclaim and Performances: "A month of awards
ceremonies began triumphantly last Sunday for Ruby Dee, who won the
Screen Actors Guild’s Award for best supporting actress for her role in
the Denzel Washington film ‘American Gangster,’" reports The New York Times.
"Ms. Dee, 83, has also been nominated for an NAACP Image Award and an
Academy Award for her role in the film. On Monday, AARP will present
Ms. Dee its Movies for Grownups Award for best supporting actress over
the age of 50."

Dee is also well known for her social and political activism and
will speak on "Overcoming Injustice and Oppression" as part of the
Westchester Arts Council’s Liberty Readings Series. "As a nation we are
growing some thick skin over some basic tenets that are in danger of
being lost to us," Dee tells the NYT. "Our democracy is getting

Plus: A.O. Scott ponders what happened to the romantic comedy
— with pairings such as Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn that "make
you recall the emotional combat of two strong-willed, independent
individuals ending in mutual conquest."

Today’s actresses, he writes, "are spunky and sweet, but lacking in
the vinegar that made Barbara Stanwyck in ‘The Lady Eve’ or Claudette
Colbert in ‘It Happened One Night’ so definitively sexy."

Seeking the Presidency in Paraguay: "Blanca Ovelar is
determined to become Latin America’s third sitting woman president,
declaring herself to be a bold revolutionary ‘in a clearly macho
country,’" reports the AP
(via Detroit News). "[T]his 50-year-old former education minister
positions herself more to the center than Michelle Bachelet or Cristina
Fernandez — leftist presidents who have promoted social change and
government help for the poor in Chile and Argentina."

Midlife Crisis Goes Global: "The midlife crisis, a time of self-doubt and turmoil familiar to many in their 40s and 50s, is often viewed as a phenomenon of Western culture. But new research suggests that people all over the world are
miserable in middle age," writes Tara Parker-Pope.

The good news from researchers: Happiness comes back.


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  • Faith Childs February 5, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    What’s not to love about an award called, “Movies for Grownups Award” which recognizes performances by women over fifty? Simply splendid!